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New Materials

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  1. Answering the new atheism: Dismantling Dawkins’ case against God, by Scott Hahn and Benjamin Wiker.  “In a lively and fair analysis, Hahn and Wiker expose the shoddy reasoning, logical blunders, and factual errors of Dawkins’ bestseller The God Delusion.  Along the way, Hahn and Wiker offer a cogent and convincing argument for God’s existence.”
  2. Prayers of hope, words of courage, by Archbishop Francis Xavier Nguyen Van Thuan. “This little book of prayers was written in prison. They are a remembrance of that time when I seemed poor, but when I was actually very rich – for love can do all things.”
  3. The Miracle of Father Kapuan: Priest, soldier and Korean war hero, by Roy Wenzl and Travis Heying.  “Father Emil Kapuan is a figure whose heroism during the Korean War still serves as a lamp to guide our feet on the path of life.”
  4. unPlanned, by Abby Johnson with Cindy Lambert.  “The dramatic true story of a former Planned Parenthood leader’s eye-opening journey across the life line.”
  5. Priest: Portraits of ten good men serving the church today, by Michael S. Rose.  “These true stories of ten real priests show us that, contrary to the media reports, priestly virtues – courage, humility, charity and piety – continue to flourish in rectories throughout America today.”
  6. Holiness revolution, by Dan Dematte.  “In Holiness Revolution, your eyes will be awakened to the need for change in this world.  You will be challenged to live a life of radical discipleship that brings that change.”
  7. Four signs of a dynamic Catholic: How engaging 1% of Catholics could change the world, by Matthew Kelly. “What four things did Mother Teresa, Francis of Assisi, John Paul II, Therese of Lisieux, (and) Ignatius of Loyola have in common?  They all practiced the four signs.”
  8. Rediscover Catholicism: A spiritual guide to living with passion and purpose, by Matthew Kelly.  “Beginning with pour common yearning for happiness, Kelly reveals the essence of authentic Catholic spirituality while addressing some of the most important questions we face today both as individuals and as a Church.”  Available in English and Spanish.
  9. DISorientation:  How to go to college without losing your mind, edited by John Zmirak.  The authors of 15 essays examine the “isms” with which many college students are presented during their years on campus, with arguments for the truth to combat them.
  10. DVD – Bakhita, from slave to saint. Tells the story of Josephine Bakhita, the patron saint of Sudan, who was brought from Sudan to Italy as a servant. She came to embrace the Catholic faith, eventually becoming a nun. She was canonized in 2000 by Pope John Paul II.
  11. DVD set – Catholicism by Fr. Robert Barron.  “Journey with the acclaimed author, speaker and theologian Fr. Robert Barron to more than 50 locations throughout 15 countries.  Be illuminated by the spiritual and artistic treasures of this global faith that claims more than one billion of the earth’s people.”

New books about Pope Francis:

  1. 10 things Pope Francis wants you to know, by John L. Allen, Jr.  The author, a senior correspondent for the National Catholic Reporter, “writes from Rome with intimacy and clarity about the Pope’s vision, values, and message for you.”
  2. Lumen Fidei (The light of faith), Pope Francis’ first encyclical letter, in which he “offers a profound and compelling reflection on humanity’s need for faith, which completes the work of his predecessor, Pope Benedict XVI.”
  3. Pope Francis, by Mathew E. Bunson.  “Pope Francis is still new to us, but in this biography you will get to know the man who became pope: a street priest at heart with a deep love for people and a pastor’s touch.  He teaches in word and deed the truths of the Church and God’s merciful love.”
  4. A call to serve: Pope Francis and the Catholic future, by Stefan von Kempis and Philip F. Lawler.  “Two veteran Catholic journalists, one based at the Vatican and the other in the U.S., collaborate to explore the unprecedented papal election of Pope Francis. Drawing from conversations, interviews, inside information and the Pope’s own writings and talks, A call to serve offers first-hand information, moving reflections, and profound insights into the workings of the Catholic Church, the challenges ahead, and the heart of Pope Francis.”
  5. The Joy of the Gospel (Evangelii Gaudium) In the first paragraph of Pope Francis’ Apostolic Exhortation, he says, “With Christ, joy is constantly born anew.  In this Exhortation, I wish to encourage the Christian faithful to embark upon a new chapter of evangelization marked by this joy, while pointing out new paths for the Church’s journey in years to come.”

New books for younger readers:

  1. The beautiful story of Jesus, by Maite Roche. Picture book. “The gospels come alive in Maite Roche’s sensitively written, luminously illustrated story of the life of Jesus.”
  2. Forever you: a book about your soul and body, by Nicole Lataif.  Picture book. “Forever you awakens young children to the joy and mystery of being human, and helps to build the first foundations of their Christian faith.”
  3. Look it up! Over 600 definitions for Catholic kids, and their parents and teacher, by Janet L. Alampi.  “Hundreds of words and phrases that are particular to our Catholic faith are defined and presented in an easy-to-use dictionary format.”

Liturgical Seasons

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Advent and Christmas

  1. Advent, Christmas and Epiphany in the Domestic Church by Catherine & Peter Fournier
  2. Advent Reflections: Come Lord  Jesus, by Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan
  3. The Essential Advent and Christmas Handbook: A Daily Companion, by Thomas M. Santa
  4. Advent, A Family Celebration: Prayers and Activities for Every Day, by Julie Walters
  5. Fathoming Bethlehem: Advent Meditations, by Robert F. Morneau
  6. Advent and Christmas With Fulton Sheen, compiled by Judy Bauer


  1. The Essential Lenten Handbook: A Daily Companion, by Thomas M. Santa
  2. Biblical Meditations for Lent, by Carroll Stuhlmueller
  3. Lord Jesus, Teach Me to Pray: A Seven-Week Course in Personal Prayer, by Sr. Lucy Rooney and Fr. Robert Faricy
  4. A Lenten Journey with Jesus Christ and St. Therese of Lisieux, by Fr. John F. Russell
  5. The Way of the Cross for Parents, by Susan Jones
  6. The Cross: Word and Sacrament, by Adrienne Von Speyr
  7. My Wounded Hands: A Way of the Cross, by Renzo Sala
  8. Meditations on The Way of the Cross, by Mother Teresa of Calcutta and Brother Roger of Taize
  9. Death on a Friday Afternoon: Meditations on the Last Words of Jesus from the Cross, by Fr. Richard J. Neuhaus
  10. Cross of Death, Tree of Life: A Sacred Reading of the Story of Redemption, by Fr. Jerome Machar
  11. Six Hours One Friday: Anchoring to the Power of the Cross, by Max Lucado
  12. The Day Christ was Born, The Day Christ Died, by Jim Bishop
  13. The Shroud of Turin: A Case for Authenticity, by Fr. Vittorio Guerrera
  14. He Chose the Nails: What God Did to Win Your Heart, by Max Lucado
  15. The Passion and Resurrection Narratives of Jesus, a study guide from the Little Rock Scripture Study series
  16. The Resurrection of the Shroud: New Scientific, Medical and Archeological Evidence, by Mark Antonacci 

Lent for Children

  1. Celebrating Lent, by Fr. Jude Winkler
  2. The Way of the Cross for Children, by Fr. Jude Winkler
  3. Stations of the Cross for Children, by Julianne M. Will
  4. Stations of the Cross, by Fr. Lawrence Lovasik
  5. 40 Days with the Saints: Thoughts, Activities, and Prayers, by Gwen Costello
  6. 40 Ways for 40 Days: A Family Guide Through Lent, A Redemptorist Pastoral Publication
  7. Lent is for Children: Stories, Activities Prayers, by Julie Kelemen

 Easter for Children

  1. The Easter Story, by Fr. Jude Winkler
  2. The First Easter, by Carol Heyer
  3. The Road to Easter Day, by Jan Godfrey
  4. Easter, by Fiona French
  5. The Story of Easter (board book), by George Brundage

Faith Formation - Montly Topic Resources


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  1. Advent: A Family Celebration, by Julie Walters, 2004
  2. Advent at Home: Family Preparation for Christmas, by Mitch and Kathy Finley, 2010
  3. Advent, Christmas and Epiphany in the Domestic Church: Activities to Celebrate Catholic Liturgical Seasons, by Catherine and Peter Fournier, 2001
  4. Advent Reflections: Come, Lord Jesus, by Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan, 2007
  5. Catholic Customs and Traditions: A Popular Guide, by Greg Dues1992
  6. Celebrating Advent with the Jesse Tree, by Rev. Jude Winkler, 1991
  7. Celebrating Saints and Seasons: Hundreds of Activities for Catholic Children, by Jeanne Hunt, 2010
  8. A Continual Feast: A Cookbook to Celebrate the Joys of Family and Faith Throughout the Christian Year, by Evelyn Birge Vitz, 1985
  9. Family Nights for Advent and Christmas, by Terry and Mimi Reilly, 1995
  10. An Introduction to the Liturgical Year, by Inos Biffi, 1995
  11. Keeping Advent and Christmastime, by Peter Mazar, 1996
  12. Living in Hope: Advent Meditations from the Writings of Henry Nouwen, 2007
  13. Look It Up! Over 600 Definitions for Catholic Kids and Their Parents and Teachers, by Janet L. Alampi, 2008
  14. Mini-Meditations for Advent, by Florence Wedge, 1977
  15. Teaching Kids the Basics of Liturgy: Making the Rituals More Meaningful, by Robert D. Duggan, 2007



  1. Curé of Ars, The Priest Who Out-Talked the Devil, by Milton Lomask, 1998
  2. John Mary Vianney: The Holy Curé of Ars, by Sophie de Mullenheim, 2010
  3. Saints for Young Readers for Every Day, July - December, by Susan Helen Wallace, 2000
  4. Fresh Flowers In Winter: The Story of Saint Juan Diego, Glory Stories, Vol I,2003
  5. Maria of Guadalupe: Shaper of History, Shaper of Hearts, by Paul Badde, 2008
  6. The Wonder of Guadalupe, by Francis Johnston, 1981
  7. Our Lady of Guadalupe: Our Lady of the Americas, by Fr Lovasik, S.V.D., 1985
  8. Saint Juan Diego and Our Lady of Guadalupe, by Josephine Nobisso, 2002
  9. Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha: Lily of the Mohawks, by Fr Lovasik, S.V.D.,1981
  10. Holy Friends: Thirty Saints and Blesseds of the Americas, by Diana M. Amadeo, 2005
  11. I Want To be a Christian!: The Story of Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha, Glory Stories, Vol V,2004
  12. Saint Martin de Porres, by Fr. Lovasik, S.V.D.1983
  13. Saint Martin de Porres, Apostle of Charity, by Giuliana Cavallini, 1963, 2000
  14. Saint Martin de Porres, Humble Healer, by Elizabeth M. DeDomenico, 2005
  15. Saints of the Americas, by Catherine Odell, 2000. (Bilingual: English/Spanish)
  16. Catholicism: A Journey to the Heart of the Faith, by Fr. Robert Barron, 2011
  17. Immaculate Conception, by Rev. Jude Winkler, 1995
  18. Nicholas: The Wonder Worker, by Anne E. Neuberger, 2000


  1. ABC’s of Christmas, Francine M. O’Connor, 1994
  2. Bambinelli Sunday: A Christmas Blessing, by Amy Wellborn, 2013
  3. The Beautiful Story of Jesus, by Maite Roche, 2010
  4. Bethlehem, by Fiona French, 2001
  5. Chicken Soup for the Soul: Christmas Treasury for Kids, by Jack Canfield, et al. 2002
  6. Children, Go Where I Send Thee: An American Spiritual, Illus by Kathryn Shoemaker, 1980
  7. The First Noel, by Maite Roche, 2009
  8. A Gift for the Christ Child: A Christmas Folktale, by Linda Schlafer and Anne Wilson, 2000
  9. The Gift of Christmas, by Rev. Jude Winkler, 1992
  10. My First Prayers for Christmas, Maite Roche, 2010
  11. The Night of the Las Posadas, by Tomie de Paola, 1999
  12. On Angel Wings, by Michael Morpurgo and Quentin Blake, 2006
  13. The Road to Christmas Day, by Jan Godfrey & Marcin Piwowarski, 2008
  14. Stations of the Nativity, by Lawrence Boadt and Patrick Kelly, 2002
  15. The Story of Christmas, by Vivian French and Jane Chapman, 1999
  16. We Hear the Christmas Angels: True Stories of Their Presence, Ed. Evelyn Bence, 2004


  1. Nativity: The Art and Spirit of the Creche, (30 min) Mepkin Abbey
  2. The Nativity Story, The Journey of a Lifetime, (101 min) New Line, 2007
  3. The Star of Bethlehem,Unlock the Mystery of the World’s Most Famous Star, (65 min), MPower Pictures, 2007
  4. The Story of the Nativity: The Truth of Christmas, (60 min) Ignatius Press, 2006
  5. Veggie Tales:Toy That Saved Christmas, and The Star of Christmas (94 min) 2009 & 25 Favorite Christmas Songs, Big Idea, 2011


  1. A Christmas to Remember, Cat Chat: The Audio Show for Kids [20 songs]
  2. Christmas With the Vienna Boys’ Choir,[Mozart Mass & Bach Cantata] Delta Music,1994
  3. Crispin: the Fresh Noel:[12 songs] Crispin Music, 2001(?)
  4. The Glory of the Incarnation: Meditations for the Christmas Season,(87 min), Rev. Robert Barron, Word On Fire, 2009
  5. Hallelujah! A St Joseph Christmas, (52 min approx), St Joseph Choir, Maria Manzo, 1996
  6. Handel Messiah: 1751 version, Academy of Ancient Music, Choir of New College Oxford, 2 CD’s: #1- 69:14 min, #2- 73:05 min, Naxos, 2006
  7. Perry Como: that Christmas Feeling, (30 min, approx)Direct Source Special Products, 2001

November, 2014

I BELIEVE – CREED         

  1. A Biblical Walk Through the Mass, by Edward Sri, 2011
  2. Catechism of the Catholic Church, 2nd Edition, 1997
  3. The Mass for Children, by Fr. Jude Winkler, 1990
  4. Prayers for the Catholic Child. Archdiocese of Seattle,2006
  5. The Sacraments: How Catholics Pray, by Thomas Richstatter, 1995
  6. What Happens at Mass, by Fr. Jeremy Driscoll, 2005


  1. A Biblical Walk Through the Mass, by Edward Sri, 2011
  2. Bible Basics for Catholics, by John Bergsma, 2012
  3. Bread of Life: Celebrating the Eucharist.(DVD) “Brother Francis”, 2011
  4. Catechism of the Catholic Church, 2nd Edition, 1997
  5. Catholicism: Episodes 7 & 8: Word Made Flesh, True Bread of Heaven, by Fr. Robert Barron, 2011
  6. The Eucharist (CD), by Fr. Robert Barron, 2009
  7. The caterpillar that came to church, by Irene Hooker,1993 (Bilingual, English/Spanish)
  8. Healing Through the Mass, by Fr. Robert De Grandi, 1992
  9. In the Presence of Our Lord, by Fr. Benedict Groeschel,1997
  10. Jesus Speaks to Me About the Mass, by Angela M. Burrin, 2011
  11. The Lamb’s Supper, by Scott Hahn, 1999
  12. Look It Up! Over 600 Definitions for Catholic Kids, Their Parents and Teachers, Janet L. Alampi, 2007
  13. Mass and the Bible: Understanding the New Missal (DVD), by Michael Barber, 2010
  14. Mass Comes Alive: Cat Chats for Kids, 2004 (#6 & #7)
  15. Mass Confusion: The Do’s and Don’ts of Catholic Worship, by James Akin, 1999
  16. Mass for Children, by Fr. Jude Winkler, 1990, 2009
  17. The Sacraments: How Catholics Pray, by Thomas Richstatter, 1995
  18. Swear to God: The Power And Promise of the Sacraments, by Scott Hahn, 2004
  19. What Happens at Mass, by Fr. Jeremy Driscoll, 2005
  20. What’s New About the Mass – For Teens, by Maureen A. Kelly, 2011
  21. Your One-Stop Guide to the Mass, by Fr. Dale Fushek, 2000

October 2014 - The Mass

• A Biblical Walk Through the Mass: Understanding What We Say and Do in the Liturgy, by Edward Sri, Ascension Press, c2011
• Guide to the New Translation of the Mass, by Edward Sri, Ascension Press, c2011
• Healing Through the Mass, by Fr. Robert DeGrandis, Catholic Book Publishing Co., 1992
• An Introduction to the Liturgical Year, by Inos Biffi, Liturgy Training Publications, c1995
• The Lamb’s Supper: Mass as Heaven on Earth, by Scott Hahn, Doubleday, c1999
• Looking at the Liturgy: A Critical View of Its Contemporary Form, by Fr. Aidan Nichols, Ignatius Press, c1996
• Mass Confusion: The Do’s and Don’ts of Catholic Worship , by James Akin, Catholic Answers, c1999
• The Poetry of the Mass: The Eucharist as Supernatural Christian Food, by Frank Amato, Frank Amato Publications, c1994
• The Spirit of the Liturgy, by Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger, Ignatius Press, c2000
• Teaching Kids the Basics of Liturgy, by Robert D. Duggan, RCL Benziger, c2007
• This is the Mass, by Henri Daniel-Rops, with an introduction by Bishop Fulton Sheen, Hawthorn Books, c1958
• We Celebrate the Sacrifice of Love: The Mass, by Marie Nachtsheim, Marie Fursman, and Cecelia Crowley, Image of God, Inc., c1989
• What Happens at Mass, by Fr. Jeremy Driscoll, Liturgy Training Publications, c2005
• What You Should Know About the Mass, by Charlene Altemose, Ligouri Publications, c1992
• Your One-stop Guide to the Mass, by Fr. Dale Fushek and Bill Dodds, Servant Publications, c2000

For Students
• Child’s Guide to the Mass, by Sue Stanton, Paulist Press, c2000
• Jesus Speaks to Me About the Mass, by Angela Burrin, Word Among Us Press, c2011
• The Mass for Children, by Fr. Jude Winkler, Catholic Book Publishing, c1990
• My Picture Missal: And Easy Way of Participating at Mass for Boys and Girls, by Fr. Lawrence Lovasik, Catholic Book Publishing Co., c1979
• What’s New About the Mass for Teens, by Maureen A. Kelly, Liturgy Training Publications, c2011

• Cat . Chat: The Catholic Audio Show for Kids, Vol. 4. “The Mass Comes Alive”, Cat Chat Productions
• Eucharist, by Fr. Robert Barron, Word on Fire, c2009
• The Mass: Enter the Drama, by Dr. Tom Curran, Trinity Formation Resources
• The Mass Explained, by Fr. Larry Richards, The Mary Foundation, c2004

• Catholicism, Episodes 7 & 8: Word Made Flesh, True Bread of Heaven: The Mystery of the Liturgy and Eucharist, by Fr. Robert Barron, Word on Fire, c2011
• I Was There: The Holy Mass, EWTN (Kids Series), c2006
• Mass and the Bible: Understanding the New Missal, by Michael Barber, St. Joseph Communications, c2010


September 2014 Topic – Angels

  • An Angel in My House, by Tobias Palmer, c1995, HarperCollins
  • Do You Have a Guardian Angel? By John Ronner, c1985, Mamre Press
  • Look it up! By Janet L. Alampi, c2008, Pauline Press
  • Michael and the Angels. Compiled from approved sources. c1983, Tan Books
  • Where Angels Walk, by Joan Wester Anderson, c1992, Ballantine Books
  • Why Angels, by Bernard Cooke, c1996, Twenty-Third Publications

For Students

  • The Angels: God’s Messengers and Our Helpers, by Fr. Lawrence G. Lovasik, c1978, Catholic Book Publishing
  • Angels Watching Over Me, by Lynn Hodges and Sue Buchanan, illustrated by John Bendell Brunello, c2005, Zonderkidz
  • My Guardian Angel, by Rev. Thomas J. Donaghy, c1994, Catholic Book Publishing
  • On Angel Wings, by Michael Morpurgo, illustrated by Quentin Blake, c2006, Candlewick Press
  • Saints and Angels, by Claire Llewellyn, c2003, Kingfisher


  • Cat . Chat: The Catholic Audio Show for Kids, Vol. 3. “Amazing Angels & Super Saints”, Gerald Montpetit, c2004, Cat Chat Productions
  • Glory Stories, Vol  III, “From an Angel in a Dream; The Story of Saint Joseph”, 2004, Catholic World Mission


The Greatest Miracle – Angels All Around Us, Dos Corazones C.V., c2011, ARC Entertainment, 70 min.



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That Man Is You 2014-15

  1. Boys Should Be Boys: 7 Secrets to Raising Healthy Sons, by Meg Meeker, M.D. 2008
  2. Fathering the Next Generation: Men Mentoring Men, by William J. Jarema. 1994
  3. The Four Signs of a Dynamic Catholic, by Matthew Kelly. 2012
  4. The Healing of Families: How to Pray Effectively for Those Stubborn Personal and Familial Problems, by Fr. Yozefu – B. Ssemakula. 2011
  5. The High Definition Family: Tuning In Your Family Vision and Living It Out, by Sayer Strauch. 2009
  6. Human Dignity, Sexuality, and Marriage & Family: the Catholic Faith Series, Volume Three, compiled by Libreria Editrice Vaticana. 2012
  7. Marriage: The Rock on Which the Family Is Built, by William E. May. 2009
  8. Not Your Average Joe: The Real St. Joseph and the Tools for Real Manhood in the Home, the Church and the World, by Rick Sarkisian, Ph.D. 2004
  9. A Pocket Guide to the Meaning of Life, by Peter Kreeft, Ph.D. 2007
  10. Pure Manhood, by Jason Evert. 2007
  11. Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters: 10 Secrets Every Father Should Know, by Meg Meeker, M.D. 2006

General Recommendations

These are recommendations from the booklet “100 Books You Really Should Read”, compiled by The Catholic Truth Society.  The Society requested recommendations from 25 trusted and well-read contributors. Not an exhaustive list, it is intended to be a starting point, especially for those just beginning to read good Catholic literature in order to enrich their faith.  It’s not necessary to be an expert on the faith to appreciate these books. 

We have19 of the 100 suggested books, and would be happy to receive donations of others, which appear on the Wish List page.


  1. Edmund Campion, by Evelyn Waugh.  Describes the heroic life and martyrdom of St. Edmund Campion, a priest persecuted during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I of England.
  2. He leadeth me, by Fr. Walter Ciszek, SJ.  A powerful account of Fr. Ciszek’s imprisonment in Russia, where he learned to trust in God as he evangelized his fellow inmates.
  3. Mother Angelica, by Raymond Arroyo.  The story of a great figure in 20th century evangelization, the Franciscan nun who founded the most influential Catholic broadcast network, written by one of EWTN’s best presenters.
  4. Seven storey mountain, by Thomas Merton.  This is Merton’s own account of his early life and struggles toward the truth of faith, written 5 years after becoming a Cistercian monk.
  5. The story of a soul, by St. Therese of Lisieux. The Little Flower’s personal testimony of her spiritual life, sparkling with intelligence, truth, and even humor. 
  6. The Curé d’Ars, St. Jean-Marie-Baptiste Vianney, by Abbé Francis Trochu. Described as one of the best saint biographies ever, this book describes the curé’s austere life as well as his positive influence on the Church.  It shows the importance of the sacrament of Confession in living a Catholic life.


  1. The Lord of the rings, by J.R.R. Tolkien. So well known, yet under-appreciated for its Catholic spirit, this is a portrayal of the struggle between Good and Evil, imbued with a strong sense of providence and grace and virtue. (DVD format)
  2. The stories of J.F. Powers, by J.F. Powers.  An anthology of still-fresh short stories, telling of parish life in small-town America in the 1950’s, written with both affection and a hint of satire. 


  1. The crisis of civilization, by Hilaire Belloc.  Belloc describes the destructive influence of the Reformation on Christendom and civilization, and how that influence led to the creation of the modern world.

Spiritual reading:

  1. Abandonment to Divine Providence, by Jean-Pierre de Caussade. Describes a direct and simple way of everyday holiness.
  2. Fatima in Lucia’s own words, by Sr. Lucia.  Sr. Lucia’s memoirs of Mary’s appearances at Fatima.  “Definitely the best book on Fatima.”
  3. Introduction to the devout life, by St. Francis de Sales.  A spiritual classic, written for ordinary lay people who want to develop a better prayer life.  Practical advice to guide anyone to a more generous love for God and neighbor.
  4. The great divorce: a dream, by C.S. Lewis.  Lewis portrays the Four Last Things - Death, Judgment, Heaven and Hell - in a fascinating account of the afterlife, with tremendous insight into the choices that we make.
  5. The practice of the presence of God, by Brother Lawrence.  In just over 100 pages, this 17th century author lays out the foundation of the spiritual life: an awareness of God’s presence and a desire to His will.
  6. The Screwtape letters, by C.S. Lewis. A collection of imaginary letters from a senior devil, Screwtape, to his nephew Wormwood, describing the many subtle ways a soul may be led away from God.  Both humorous and insightful.
  7. True devotion to Mary, by St. Louis Marie de Montfort. This book, perhaps the most important ever written about Marian devotion, teaches a way of living the Gospel with, by, for, and in Mary, our spiritual mother, and reaching our true home in heaven.

Theology, teaching, and faith:

  1. A Father who keeps His promises, by Scott Hahn.  Traces the concept of “covenant” through the Scriptures.
  2. The spirit of the liturgy, by Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger. Written before his elevation to the papacy, this book is especially inspirational for those seeking to enter more deeply into the prayer of the Church.
  3. Theology of the body for beginners, by Christopher West.  Written for popular readership, West explains Pope John Paul II’s teachings on human sexuality.